Liz Shippam is a botanical artist based in Chichester, close to the beautiful South Downs.
As a child Liz spent many hours painting and drawing, and left school at 16 to study a preliminary course at West Sussex College of Art and Design. However, having always wanted to travel she then set off to see the world, spending time in Europe and then a number of years in South East Asia.
It was only in 2011, after decades without picking up a paintbrush, that Liz rediscovered her love of painting and began working in watercolour for the first time, to paint botanical subjects. She finds the finds the detail and accuracy required are well matched to her method of painting.
Liz’s primary aim is to communicate to the viewer what attracts her to her subject matter, whether form, texture or the subtle colours of the natural world. She is particularly drawn to fruit which changes as it ripens, capturing its transient beauty at a particular moment in time.
Liz is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and has had work selected for their Annual International Exhibition in New York every year since joining. She is a royal Horticultural Society medal winner and exhibits regularly in London, as well as locally.